crankshaft pulley removal instructions for 4 cylinder 3sfe 2wd. 1989 toyota camry


Asked by Feb 09, 2014 at 09:10 AM

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crankshaft pulley removal instructions 3sfe 2.0 liter 2wd 1989
Toyota Camry

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Yes. Your main pulley also acts as the Harmonic Balancer. It is tapered and slides onto the tapered crank with a keyway. Your need a universal harmonic balancer puller. It should have slots to mount both three puller bolts in a triangle shape and it should also have two slots that are parallel. Your pulley only has two puller bolt holes so ensure the puller you get will work. Clean the grime out of the smaller holes. Pull the pulley bolt and place the puller over the pulley and install the correct adaptor bolts to mount the puller to the pully. Make sure they go into the pulley 5 or more threads to avoid stripping. Rotate the center bolt in untill it makes contact with the crank. If it will not sit on the crank without damaging the threads for the securing bolt you may have to re-install the main bolt and butt the puller up to the head. Make sure if you do this that the main bolt is threaded in 5 or more threads but not tight against the pulley. Use a wrench to operate the puller an impact will damage it. You may have to hold the crank from turning. If you had to re-install the main bolt for the puller just make sure that the pulley does not hit it while you are pulling. Here is the pic of the puller

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Just make sure the puller has the correct adaptor bolts to thread into your puller. If it doesn't your have to get some from a bolt supplier.


thanks...8mm to small 10 mm starts barely...when I get it off I press back on with crankshaft bolt?


That's how I do it. You may need to hold the crank. Screwdriver or small prybar at the flywheel. For both taking it off and putting it on, if it feels like your putting excessive force on it you can tap it with a hammer or dead blow hammer. Don't damage the belt ribs. 10mm. Do you have a tap to chase the threads. If not pick out what you can and scrap the threads with a o-ring pick. Or the redneck thread chaser -> If you have a spare bolt thread a nut on. Slit the threads (parallel to the bolt) with a hack saw or a file in 4 or so spots up to the nut. Spin the nut off to fix the threads then use tap fluid or lube and spin the bolt in. The debris should pack in the slits. Pull the bolt out and clean the debris off. May take a few tries?



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